Chances are that the recent mass shooting in New Mexico wasn’t on your radar or even covered by your local news channels, and if it was, I can almost guarantee that the report was fluffed up with such phrases as “lone wolf” and “a very sick man.” Shootings have become so common that they’re often missed by news cycles.
It’s no surprise that we’re living in a time where even the most horrifying news is misinterpreted. During the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, somehow the news focused their attention on all the positive aspects of the “lone wolf’s” life rather than putting the emphasis on the victims.
William Edward Atchison, the gunman behind the New Mexico shooting, was branded as someone who was off the local police’s radar. The entire town of Aztec, New Mexico, couldn’t have been more surprised when Atchison, an attendant at a local gas station, disguised himself as a student at his former high school and killed two innocent students before turning the gun on himself.
But for those familiar with Atchison’s online activities, it wasn’t a matter of if he would conduct a mass shooting, but when.